Porsche 911 Dakar revealed; rally version of 911

Porsche has taken wraps off the much anticipated 911 Dakar- a rally focused version of their iconic 911 sportscar. Inspired by Porsche’s 1984 Dakar rally winning 911, only 2500 units will be produced. Outside, it gets flared wheel arches, a higher ride height, cladding and red tow hooks at the front and rear.

Based on the 911 GT3 and Turbo S variants, it gets powered by a 3.0L twin-turbo six cylinder engine producing 474HP and 570NM. This engine gets paired to a 7 speed dual-clutch PDK transmission. Porsche also claims 0-100Kmph time of just 3.4 seconds. Due to the specially developed Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus tyres, top speed has been limited to 240Kmph. Being an offroad-focused version it also gets all-wheel-drive.

Other equipment includes rear-axle steering, engine mounts from the 911 GT3, and PDCC anti-roll stabilisation. The car also gets increased ground clearance by 50mm compared to the regular 911. This can further be increased by upto 30mm with a lift suspension on both axles. The front end and side intakes also get reinforce by stainless steel to protect against  flying rocks.


The 911 Dakar also gets a new Rallye Launch Control, which allows wheel slippage of upto 20 per cent. Two new driving modes have been added- Rallye and Offroad. The spoiler is also now made out of lightweight CFRP and remains fixed on the tail end. Porsche is also offering an optional roof rack with auxiliary lights integrated into it.

Inside, the 911 Dakar becomes a two- seater with the rear seats being removed. Also standard are full front bucket seats. With the optional Rallye Sport Package, you also get a roll-over bar, six-point seat belts and fire extinguisher. Further, the package also gives you a two-tone White/Gentian Blue Metallic paint option as well as an individual race number between 0 and 999.

While prices haven’t been revealed yet, expect more details to surface by early next year. When launched, the 911 Dakar will go up against the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato.

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